People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get The Traditional Flu Shot

20 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Flu vaccines will be available over the holiday period

Flu activity in OH has become widespread, the state's highest designation, almost a month earlier than past year and has resulted in a number of hospitalizations in Clark County already. Hospitalizations due to the flu previous year started to increase in December and peaked the last week of February.

"It is absolutely never too late to get your flu shot", said Dr. Ulysses Wu, chief of infectious diseases at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

She said there is a possibility that the influenza strain they've put in the vaccine this year "may not be a good match", but it's not definitive at this point.

However, not everyone in that range has been able to get the vaccine to date.

The guidelines come just as flu season is at its peak this year.

Most flu vaccines administered today are manufactured using chicken eggs and contain trace amounts of a protein called ovalbumin.

Historically, people with egg allergies weren't able to take advantage of the same flu vaccinations that the general population can.




It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading USA allergists' group. "Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu".

"We still have some time to get immunized we think it's going to peak earlier this year than it did last year for the flu season which means near the end of this month", said Dr. Whitacre.

Studies from the task force show that getting a flu shot is not riskier for people who have egg allergies than people who don't.

The new guidelines are the result of an analysis of 28 studies involving thousands of people with egg allergy, including hundreds with severe egg allergy.

Khan said there is also an intranasal spray version of the vaccine for those who don't want the needle. "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said. "Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick".

As for how effective this year's vaccine will be?

"This is the best preventative measure we have against contracting influenza", Greenhawt said.

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